Petr Korda

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Petr Korda
Country Czechoslovakia (1987–1993)
Czech Republic
Residence Monte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1968-01-23) 23 January 1968 (age 46)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Turned pro 1987
Retired July 1999[1]
Plays Left-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money $10,448,900
Singles
Career record 410–248
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 2 (2 February 1998)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open W (1998)
French Open F (1992)
Wimbledon QF (1998)
US Open QF (1995, 1997)
Other tournaments
Tour Finals RR (1992)
Doubles
Career record 234–160
Career titles 10
Highest ranking No. 10 (11 June 1990)
Last updated on: 9 October 2012.

Petr Korda (born 23 January 1968) is a Czech former professional tennis player. As of 2014, Korda remains the last man from the Czech Republic to have won a Grand Slam singles title, at the Australian Open in 1998.[2]

Career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

He first came to the tennis world's attention as a promising junior player. In 1985, he partnered with fellow Czech Cyril Suk to win the boy's doubles title at the French Open. Korda and Suk ranked the joint-World No. 1 junior doubles players that year.

Junior Slam results:

Australian Open: -
French Open: 3R (1986)
Wimbledon: QF (1986)
US Open: QF (1986)

Pro tour[edit]

Korda turned professional in 1987. He won his first career doubles title in 1988, and his first top-level singles title in 1991. Korda was involved in four Grand Slam finals during his career – two in singles and two in doubles.

In 1990 Korda and Goran Ivanišević finished runners-up in the men's doubles at the French Open. In 1992 he rose to the men's singles final at the French Open, where he was defeated in straight sets by defending champion Jim Courier 7–5, 6–2, 6–1. In 1996 he teamed-up with Stefan Edberg to win the men's doubles title at the Australian Open.

The crowning moment of Korda's career came in 1998, when he faced Marcelo Ríos in the men's singles final at the Australian Open. Korda dominated the match from start to finish by winning in straight sets 6–2, 6–2, 6–2 and claimed his first (and only) Grand Slam singles title. The win propelled him to his career-high singles ranking of World No. 2. At four tournaments in 1998, Korda had the World No. 1 ranking in his sights, but he lost to Karol Kučera in Antwerp, Marcelo Ríos at Indian Wells, Tim Henman in Miami and Richard Krajicek in Monte Carlo. Korda's career-high doubles ranking was World No. 10.

Other highlights of Korda's career include winning the Grand Slam Cup in 1993, with five set wins in the semi final and final over Pete Sampras and Michael Stich, the number 1 and 2 tennis players in the world at that time. Korda also was a part of the Czech Republic's team which won the Hopman Cup in 1994, and he upset defending champion, Pete Sampras, in five sets in the fourth round of the 1997 US Open.

Korda also was known for the "Scissors Kick" which he would do at midcourt after winning matches.

Personal life[edit]

Korda married Regina Rajchrtová, a former professional tennis player from Czechoslovakia. They have three children, the oldest of whom, Jessica, was born on 27 February 1993; she is a professional golfer, and finished 19th in the 2008 U.S. Women's Open as a 15-year-old, with Korda as her caddy. At the 2013 U.S. Women's Open, he caddied for another of their daughters, Nelly, who was 14 years old at the time and the youngest player in the tournament.[3]

Suspension and retirement[edit]

Following his quarter final match against Tim Henman at the 1998 Wimbledon Championships, Korda tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.[4] This was publically revealed in December 1998. At the time, Korda was stripped of the ranking points and prize money that he had won at 1998 Wimbledon, but was not banned from the sport. The ITF soon announced that they felt that they had made a mistake in not banning Korda, and would be seeking to appeal against its own decision not to ban Korda from tennis competition. London's High Court ruled in late January 1999 that the ITF could not appeal against their own initial decision, but Korda was later banned from tennis for 12 months from September 1999 and stripped of the prize money and ranking points that he had won since July 1998 (although the suspension meant little as Korda had retired after failing to qualify for 1999 Wimbledon, losing to Danny Sapsford in a qualifying match).[1][5] He did, however, compete in the Prague Challenger in December 2000 and the Prostejov Challenger in both 2001 and 2005 (the former in singles and doubles, the latter two only in doubles).

Major finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Singles: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1992 French Open Clay United States Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 1998 Australian Open Hard Chile Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Men's doubles: 2 finals (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1990 French Open Clay Croatia Goran Ivanišević Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez Vicario
5–7, 3–6
Winner 1996 Australian Open Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 27 finals (10 titles, 17 runner-ups)[edit]

Wins (10)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam (1–1)
Tennis Masters Cup (0–0)
Grand Slam Cup (1–0)
ATP Masters Series (1–2)
ATP Championship Series (2–5)
ATP World Series (5–9)
Titles by Surface
Hard (7–8)
Grass (4–2)
Clay (0–2)
Carpet (0–2)
Outcome No. Date Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 30 October 1989 Frankfurt, Germany Carpet United States Kevin Curren 2–6, 5–7
Runner-up 2. 6 May 1991 Tampa, USA Clay United States Richey Reneberg 6–4, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 22 July 1991 Washington, D.C., USA Hard United States Andre Agassi 3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 29 July 1991 Montreal, Canada Hard Soviet Union Andrei Chesnokov 6–3, 4–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 19 August 1991 New Haven, USA Hard Croatia Goran Ivanišević 6–4, 6–2
Winner 2. 14 October 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet France Arnaud Boetsch 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 4 May 1992 Munich, Germany Clay Sweden Magnus Larsson 4–6, 6–4, 1–6
Runner-up 6. 8 June 1992 French Open, Paris, France Clay United States Jim Courier 5–7, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 3. 20 July 1992 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Sweden Henrik Holm 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 31 August 1992 Long Island, USA Hard Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl 6–2, 6–2
Runner-up 7. 5 October 1992 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) Germany Boris Becker 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6
Runner-up 8. 12 October 1992 Toulouse, France Hard (i) France Guy Forget 3–6, 2–6
Winner 5. 26 October 1992 Vienna, Austria Carpet Italy Gianluca Pozzi 6–3, 6–2, 5–7, 6–1
Runner-up 9. 23 August 1993 New Haven, USA Hard Ukraine Andrei Medvedev 5–7, 4–6
Runner-up 10. 11 October 1993 Sydney, Australia Hard (i) Peru Jaime Yzaga 4–6, 6–4, 6–7(4–7), 6–7(7–9)
Winner 6. 13 December 1993 Grand Slam Cup, Munich, Germany Carpet Germany Michael Stich 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 11–9
Runner-up 11. 14 February 1994 Milan, Italy Carpet Germany Boris Becker 2–6, 6–3, 3–6
Runner-up 12. 7 March 1994 Indian Wells, USA Hard United States Pete Sampras 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 13. 2 May 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Michael Stich 2–6, 6–2, 3–6
Winner 7. 8 January 1996 Doha, Qatar Hard Morocco Younes El Aynaoui 7–6(7–5), 2–6, 7–6(7–5)
Runner-up 14. 22 July 1996 Ostrava, Czech Republic Carpet Germany David Prinosil 1–6, 2–6
Runner-up 15. 16 June 1997 Halle, Germany Grass Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–5), 6–7(7–9)
Runner-up 16. 21 July 1997 Washington, D.C., USA Hard United States Michael Chang 7–5, 2–6, 1–6
Winner 8. 27 October 1997 Stuttgart, Germany Carpet Netherlands Richard Krajicek 7–6(8–6), 6–2, 6–4
Runner-up 17. 10 November 1997 Moscow, Russia Carpet Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov 6–7(2–7), 4–6
Winner 9. 12 January 1998 Doha, Qatar Hard France Fabrice Santoro 6–0, 6–3
Winner 10. 2 February 1998 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Chile Marcelo Ríos 6–2, 6–2, 6–2

Doubles: 24 finals (10 titles, 14 runner-ups)[edit]

Wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1988 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Milan Šrejber Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Spain Emilio Sánchez
7–6, 7–6
2. 1988 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Navrátil Austria Thomas Muster
Austria Horst Skoff
7–5, 7–6
3. 1989 Stuttgart, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Romania Florin Segărceanu
Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk
6–7, 6–3, 6–1
4. 1990 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Ecuador Andrés Gómez
Spain Javier Sánchez
6–2, 6–1
5. 1991 New Haven, USA Hard Australia Wally Masur United States Jeff Brown
United States Scott Melville
W/O
6. 1991 Berlin, Germany Carpet Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček Netherlands Jan Siemerink
Czechoslovakia Daniel Vacek
3–6, 7–5, 7–5
7. 1993 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Sweden Stefan Edberg Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
6–2, 2–6, 7–5
8. 1993 Halle, Germany Grass Czech Republic Cyril Suk United States Mike Bauer
Germany Marc-Kevin Goellner
7–6, 5–7, 6–3
9. 1993 Cincinnati, USA Hard United States Andre Agassi Sweden Stefan Edberg
Sweden Henrik Holm
6–4, 7–6
10. 1996 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard Sweden Stefan Edberg Canada Sébastien Lareau
United States Alex O'Brien
7–5, 7–5, 4–6, 6–1

Runners-up (14)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. 1987 Palermo, Italy Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Mexico Leonardo Lavalle
Italy Claudio Panatta
6–3, 4–6, 4–6
2. 1989 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Milan Šrejber Brazil Cassio Motta
United States Todd Witsken
4–6, 3–6
3. 1989 Kitzbühel, Austria Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd Spain Emilio Sánchez
Spain Javier Sánchez
5–7, 6–7
4. 1989 Prague, Czechoslovakia Clay United States Gene Mayer Spain Jordi Arrese
Austria Horst Skoff
4–6, 4–6
5. 1990 Munich, Germany Clay Czechoslovakia Tomáš Šmíd West Germany Udo Riglewski
West Germany Michael Stich
1–6, 4–6
6. 1990 French Open, Paris, France Clay Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević Spain Sergio Casal
Spain Emilio Sánchez
5–7, 3–6
7. 1990 New Haven, USA Hard Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Goran Ivanišević United States Jeff Brown
United States Scott Melville
6–2, 5–7, 0–6
8. 1991 Basel, Switzerland Hard (i) United States John McEnroe Switzerland Jakob Hlasek
United States Patrick McEnroe
6–3, 6–7, 6–7
9. 1992 Monte Carlo, Monaco Clay Czechoslovakia Karel Nováček Germany Boris Becker
Germany Michael Stich
4–6, 4–6
10. 1992 Gstaad, Switzerland Clay Czechoslovakia Cyril Suk Netherlands Hendrik Jan Davids
Belgium Libor Pimek
W/O
11. 1994 Munich, Germany Clay Germany Boris Becker Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov
Czech Republic David Rikl
6–7, 5–7
12. 1995 Milan, Italy Carpet Czech Republic Karel Nováček Germany Boris Becker
France Guy Forget
2–6, 4–6
13. 1995 Washington, D.C., USA Hard Czech Republic Cyril Suk France Olivier Delaître
United States Jeff Tarango
6–1, 3–6, 2–6
14. 1996 Indianapolis, USA Hard Czech Republic Cyril Suk United States Jim Grabb
United States Richey Reneberg
6–7, 6–4, 4–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open A NH A A A 2R 2R 1R QF 1R 3R 1R 1R W 3R A 1 / 10 17–9
French Open A A A 2R A 2R 2R F 2R 1R 1R 3R 4R 1R 2R A 0 / 11 15–11
Wimbledon A A A 3R A 1R 1R 2R 4R 2R 4R A 4R QF Q2 A 0 / 9 17–9
US Open A A A 1R A 2R 1R 1R 1R A QF 3R QF 1R A A 0 / 9 11–9
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 3–4 2–4 7–4 8–4 1–3 9–4 4–3 9–4 11–3 3–2 0–0 1 / 39 60–38
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Tournaments Were Not

Masters Series Events

Before 1990
A 1R 3R QF F 2R 1R A QF 1R A 0 / 8 11–8
Miami 2R 2R 3R SF QF 2R 4R 2R 4R 1R A 0 / 10 14–10
Monte Carlo 2R A 2R 3R 2R 1R 3R A QF A A 0 / 7 7–7
Rome 1R A SF A A 1R 2R A 1R A A 0 / 5 5–5
Hamburg 1R A 2R A 3R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
Canada 2R F QF SF 2R 2R 3R 1R 2R A A 0 / 9 13–9
Cincinnati 1R 2R QF 2R 2R 2R 2R 2R QF A A 0 / 9 9–9
Madrid (Stuttgart) 3R QF QF QF 1R A A W 2R A A 1 / 7 13–6
Paris 1R QF 2R 3R QF A SF 3R 2R A A 0 / 8 11–8
Win–Loss N/A 3–8 11–6 12–9 13–7 14–8 4–7 13–7 7–4 8–8 0–2 0–0 1 / 67 85–66
Ranking 794 511 87 188 59 38 9 7 12 18 41 24 13 13 DQ 1332

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 SR W–L
Grand Slams
Australian Open NH A A A 2R 1R 2R 1R 3R SF W 2R A A A A 1 / 8 15–7
French Open A 1R 2R 2R F 2R QF SF A 1R 3R 3R A A A A 0 / 10 19–10
Wimbledon A A 1R A 2R 2R 1R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 4 2–4
US Open A A A 3R 2R 3R 1R A A 3R 1R 1R A A A A 0 / 7 7–7
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–2 8–4 4–4 4–4 4–2 2–1 6–3 8–2 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1 / 29 43–28
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Not MS1

Before 1990
1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R A A A A A A 0 / 6 0–6
Miami 2R A QF QF A QF 3R 1R A A A A 0 / 6 12–5
Monte Carlo W A F W 1R 1R 1R A QF A A A 2 / 7 16–4
Rome 1R A 2R A A 2R 2R A A A A A 0 / 4 3–4
Hamburg 2R A 2R A A A A A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Canada 1R 2R A A 1R 1R 2R A A A A A 0 / 5 2–5
Cincinnati 2R 1R 1R W 2R 1R 1R 1R 2R A A A 1 / 9 8–7
Madrid (Stuttgart) QF A A A A A 2R A A A A A 0 / 2 2–2
Paris 1R A A 2R A A QF A A A A A 0 / 3 3–3
Win–Loss N/A 9–8 1–3 9–6 14–3 1–4 4–5 7–7 0–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3 / 44 48–38
Ranking 296 91 46 26 15 63 64 32 115 44 23 220 321 DQ 1009 1536

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
United States John McEnroe
ATP Champions Tour
Year-End No.1

2002
Succeeded by
United States John McEnroe